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Alicia should have been a boy. That's what Capt. Paterson
wanted: a son. He was bitterly disappointed that AliCia
turned out to be a girl, but he did all that he could to turn
her into a boy. And Alicia was a great newspaper woman...
great. What she did with Newsday... well, today it's the greatest
suburban newspaper in the United States...maybe one of the
best newspapers, period, leaving out suburban. Today it makes
The New York Post, for instance, look like the third-rate junk
that it is.
Adlai had always been buzzing around, but he had never
quite made the grade with Alicia.
Was he there with his wife?
Oh, no. He and his wife were already estranged. She
was nutty as a fruit cake.
Adlai would come down for weekends and we'd play tennis.
He was an avid tennis player...and, of course, as you probably
know, one of the most charming men that ever lived.
We became very good friends.
One thing that I wanted to ask you...did you admire his
intellect at this time? Did you see any...?
Absolutely. First of all, he had a wonderful sense of
humor. This may have killed him politically. It seems to be
considered bad form for somebody to be really funny. You can
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